March 8, 2011
March 8, 2011
A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women’s prison
When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she’d been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she’d committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her.Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.
Kerman spent thirteen months in prison, eleven of them at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she met a surprising and varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman tells the story of those long months locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and arbitrary hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an unprovoked fight, and where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated.
Revealing, moving, and enraging, Orange Is the New Black offers a unique perspective on the criminal justice system, the reasons we send so many people to prison, and what happens to them when they’re there.
From the Hardcover edition.
By the time 34-year-old Piper Kerman was finally sentenced to serve 15 months in a federal penitentiary for drug smuggling and money laundering, her crime was more than a decade old and she had long repented of the rebellious errors of her youth. Blessed with a highly supportive group of friends and family, including a very patient fiancé, Kerman entered the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, where she found that prison life provided plenty of occasions for honest self-analysis and involuntary enlightenment. Though she witnessed plenty of frightening violence and endured almost daily degradation at the hands of the guards and her fellow convicts, Kerman managed to make the best of her internment by learning to surrender the demands of her ego, bonding with her eclectic cellmates, and taking advantage of the rare opportunity to observe and critique the American prison system from the inside.
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs, Women, General
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: General, Women, Personal Memoirs
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: March 8, 2011
- Author: Piper Kerman
- Online Item #: 13335183
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0004
- ISBN: 9780385523394
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported